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'Jack Grealish has made the wrong decision. He could have been at the Euros'

Former Ireland striker Clinton Morrison thinks the Aston Villa man made the wrong decision.

Jack Grealish earlier this season opted to switch allegiances from Ireland to England.
Jack Grealish earlier this season opted to switch allegiances from Ireland to England.

FORMER IRELAND STRIKER Clinton Morrison believes Jack Grealish made the wrong decision in choosing to play for England rather than Ireland.

Having previously lined out for Ireland U21s, Grealish turned down a call-up to the Boys in Green’s senior squad and then confirmed last September that he was switching allegiances to England.

Yet ex-Ireland international Clinton Morrison, who like Grealish was born in England but chose to play for Ireland ultimately, feels the youngster was unwise to reject Ireland’s advances.

“The welcome the people give me when I come here to do stuff in Ireland is unbelievable,” Morrison told RTÉ 2fm’s Game On show.

For a person who was born in England, I’m 100% Irish. I could have played for England U21s. I chose Ireland because Mick (McCarthy) sold it to me.

“I think Jack Grealish has made the wrong decision. He could have been at the Euros. He should come and play here for Ireland. They have the best fans you could ever play for, a good management team and they’ve got good players.

When I first declared to play for Ireland, the fans always took to me. They’re probably the best fans I’ve ever played in front of. They’ll always get behind their players.

“Even when you’re not having such a good time they’ll never turn on the team. They’re brilliant.”

Morrison was part of Ireland’s 2002 World Cup squad and scored nine goals in 36 appearances overall for the Boys in Green.

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